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by Morley Evans
Stalin hoped the war would break out in the West between Germany and the other Capitalist countries, France, Britain, and the USA. The Soviet Union would wait until the belligerents had exhausted themselves as they had in WWI. Then, the Soviet Union would move in to take advantage of the rampant socialist/communist movements throughout the West, and the world revolution would happen. Bingo! Everyone would be living in the Communist Paradise that Lenin had promised. There would be Peace and Prosperity for All!
That was the plan.
Hitler followed the Schlieffen Plan: Knock out France quickly and turn east before the Russian steamroller had a chance to move. That plan didn’t work in 1914 because the British had saved the French. It worked in 1940 because Germany followed Erich von Manstein’s plan and defeated France in six weeks! The British retreated across the Channel at Dunkirk.
Stalin’s plan had been thwarted by Hitler, who immediately turned east with Operation Barbarossa. Hitler almost did it.